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Tuesday, 26 February, 2002, 11:41 GMT
MP wants station on track
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The rail company is being urged to make changes
A north Wales MP has begun a campaign to modernise facilities at Wrexham railway station.

Ian Lucas believes that Wrexham's passenger information services are in desperate need of updating.

He collected nearly 200 signatures from passengers last Friday at the station for a petition.
Wrexham town
Passengers in Wrexham want better facilities

He hopes First North Western Trains will listen to demands to provide electronic passenger information screens and a tannoy system.

The MP will be sending copies of the petition to the rail operator and to the Strategic Rail Authority.

A spokeswoman for First North Western it was "looking forward" to plans for new toilets, information screens, cctv cameras and waiting rooms, due to be completed in 2004.

Mr Lucas said there is strong support in the town to provide better facilities.

He claimed that during a three month period last year, only 59% of trains at Wrexham were running on time.

"With that sort of problem, you never know when your train is going to arrive and if you are going to make your connection," he said.


It is a source of amazement to me that there are no facilities to inform passengers

Ian Lucas MP

The MP explained that passengers in Wrexham suffered from a lack of clear information when trains were delayed.

Passengers on one platform were still having to cross the footbridge to the ticket office to find out when trains were due to arrive, he said.

'Blame'

"It is a source of amazement to me that there are no facilities to inform passengers," said Mr Lucas.

"First North Western said there should be facilities introduced by 2004 and they are blaming the Strategic Rail Authority for the delay.

"We need something sooner than two years time."

Mr Lucas has also complained that smaller stations such as Hereford and Ludlow have benefited from better facilities.

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